Though seemingly outside the realm of chemistry, electronics lie at the heart of many experimental disciplines as all rely ability to make accurate and reproducible measurements. An unfortunate byproduct of this requirements is often the reliance on outside sources–just look at your oscilloscope should there be any questions. In an effort to minimize this reliance an maintain a solid knowledge base within the laboratory we often use the following tools for simple circuits:
Eagle — Great, free board editing and layout tool
Gerbv* — Simple, cross-platform gerber viewer
*for those working in OSX ♠hombrew♠ must be installed prior to installing gerbv. Beware, homebrew will change your life.